5 Little Monsters: Loom Knit Pumpkins

Loom Knit Pumpkins

 I have made a few different kinds of crocheted and yarn pumpkins over the years but this one doesn't require any knit or crochet skills and you still end up with a cute little knit-look pumpkin. These pumpkins are made on a hat loom. 


They are made on the loom just like you would make a hat, but instead of only cinching up the top of the hat you cinch up both ends. Cinch up one end, stuff, cinch up the other side, add a stem, and you have a quick and easy pumpkin. 

You can also change up the size of the pumpkin by using a different sized loom, or adjusting the length of your knit tube. 


One of the things I like about loom knitting is that it is really pretty easy, it is my favorite way to get kids started in yarn crafting because it is so easy for them to pick up. It is one of those repetitive, kind of mindless crafts that you can work on while you watch a movie or something. Just wrap your yarn around the pegs, flip the bottom loop over, wrap again, flip, and just keep going until you have the length you need. 

If you aren't familiar with loom knitting I have a video that shows you how. It is how to make a hat but although the project is different but the technique is the same. 



How to Make a Loom Knit Pumpkin


You will need:



Instructions:


Choose the yarn you want to use. I would recommend worsted weight or heavier. If you use worsted weight you will want to double your yarn so you are working with 2 strands held together. If you choose a bulkier weight yarn just use one strand.

The orange sample was made with one strand of Hometown USA, some of the other samples pictures were made holding 2 strands of worsted weight yarn. 

Wrap your yarn around the pegs leaving a tail at the beginning, wrap again and flip the bottom loop over the top. 

Continue wrapping the pegs and flipping the bottom loops over until your tube is as long as you want it. Remember that the top and bottom will be pulled in to the center so you need to account for that in your length. About 5"-6" is a good size for a small pumpkin. 

Bind off your edge, removing the tube from the loom. 

Cinch up one end and stuff.

Cinch up the other end leaving a small opening to fit your stick stem inside. 

You can leave it there and secure and weave in your ends, or if you want to give it a little more of a pumpkin shape you can make a couple of stitches through the center of the pumpkin from top to bottom to pull the centers a little closer together. The secure and weave in ends. 

Add any finishing embellishments you want. You can tie a piece of yarn, ribbon, or twine around the stem, or add other embellishments.